All dogs experience upset tummies at one point or another, whether from new food, medical issues or finding things on the street during a walk. I am not a vet and you should always consult them if these issues persist or change in some form. However, there maybe some remedies that your local pet store has that may alleviate diarrhea or constipation in the short term.
- Pumpkin Puree is a great way to help with digestion and upset tummies. Make sure you are not giving your dog a pumpkin puree that you would use to make a pumpkin pie, though your dog may prefer the pie. Pumpkin for pets can come in cans or in a pouch format and is available at most pet stores. It is good for both dogs and cats and can help with both a runny stomach or congestion.
- Probiotics are another great way to regulate and aid in digestion. Much like for humans (I know from experience) probiotics are a great way to regulate gut bacteria. There are many brands offering pet specific probiotics that can be sprinkled in with their food or even mixed with the aforementioned pumpkin puree.
- Goat Milk on the market for pets is another great and palatable way to give your pet some good gut bacteria and help with digestion. Some milk comes in powder form that you mix with water, while others come in a frozen format. Primal goat milk for example also has extra probiotics mixed in to its formula to really get them regulated. I can say from experience, dogs love the stuff.
Some brands make supplemental foods to add to regular food or to temporarily replace their regular food while they get better. Fromm, for example, has a line of supplemental canned food which includes ingredients such as rice, pumpkin, a protein (fish or chicken) and various nutrients and probiotics to help the gut. This food is more substantial than just puree and helps to fill them up enough to keep them going.
Bonus Tip: mix goat milk with pumpkin puree and place in an ice cube tray. Great summer time or special treat!Check out your local pet food store to see what digestive aids they carry, and of course do some of your own research or consult your vet.